“Located within the foothills of the Australian Alps, AGL’s Bogong Power Station is nestled between Mount Beauty and the Falls Creek ski resort, and is part of the larger Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme.”
Situated 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, the scheme is the largest in Victoria. Construction started in the late 1930s. The scheme was developed specifically for power generation and is made up of four power stations:
- McKay Creek Power Station
- Clover Power Station
- West Kiewa Power Station, and
- The new Bogong Power Station
The scheme diverts and harnesses water from the Rocky Valley and Pretty Valley branches of the East Kiewa River, which rises on the Bogong High Plains, and the West Kiewa River, which rises near Mount Hotham. The Rocky Valley Dam forms the main reservoir for the Kiewa Scheme and can hold 28,000 million litres of water.
In addition to water from the Kiewa River catchment, 32 kilometres of aqueducts transfer water to the Scheme from adjacent catchments, with much of the water coming from snow which covers the area for up to five months of the year.
The flow of water through these stations – each at successively lower levels – enables the same water to be used repeatedly to generate electricity before being discharged into the river system below Mount Beauty.
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